It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as an Influential Latina. As a Panamanian native, I came to Maryland at the age of 2 ½. I am an Archdiocese of Washington Graduate from a Catholic grade school and also attended Montgomery County Public High Schools where I received my High School Diploma. I received my AA in Paralegal Studies from Montgomery College and am currently employed as a Litigation Paralegal at the prestigious Law Firm of Jezic & Moyse, LLC in Wheaton, Maryland.
I am the proud mother of 4 intelligent and beautiful children, Christian (17), Angelina (14), Sebastian (9) and Cristiana Lynn (3). I take pride in being an active member of my community, currently as the PTA President of Captain James Daly Elementary School. As an Afro-Latina, I believe in the importance of positively representing my often invisible community. I am a hard worker, dedicated mother, involved member in my community and a great role model who believes in positively influencing the outcomes of the people around me.
My main focus is teaching my children to be pillars of the community by actively participating in community service work. As a family we have contributed over 2,000 hours of community service. Some of the places we have volunteered with are:
Mana Food Drive; Girls on the Run; American Society of Plant Biology; Maryland Coalition for the Homeless; Montgomery County H2O Summit; Montgomery County GreenFest; Montgomery County MLK Day of Service;American Heart Association; Walk to End Alzheimer’s;Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation;The DC Making Strides Against Breast Cancer;American Cancer Association and the list can go on and on. My family and friends will tell you “Elsa doesn’t feel complete unless she’s doing something positive and productive and making a difference in someone’s life.”
Two of my favorite quotes that I live by are:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”……Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”………… Maya Angelou
Thank you for this opportunity to be featured as an influential Latina and I hope this article influences others to make a difference in their communities and the world at large. g